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When Kate was younger she wanted to be all sorts of things when she grew up; a lawyer, a teacher, a mechanic, a shearer, a professional netballer, a roadside florist, a horticulturalist – she even wanted to be a vet (despite being allergic to fur). Finally she decided on the very sensible option of being an actress. The only problem was that she was painfully shy and spent most of her time from the age of 15-17 dealing with bitchy girls, juggling after school work at KFC and generally being stressed to the point of hysteria about failing Indonesian, even though she had no plans to ever study Indonesian again. Kate was a bit of a stress-head, a bit of a worry-wart and when she came down with glandular fever in Year Twelve, she realised that she probably wasn’t enjoying High School as much as she should be.
But in this talk Kate shows that things can change; a shy kid can go to drama school, high school kids can make lifelong friendships and that it is possible to actually enjoy those last two years of school and get good marks at the same time!
Kate gives practical and funny advice about how you decide on what to do for the rest of your life (or at least a couple of years anyway!), how to spot friends who discourage you rather than support you and how to set goals and cope with the stresses of doing the VCE. All with the aid of funny stories, silly videos and audience interaction.
Kate has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s funniest character comedians. Her work has featured on ‘The Mansion’ for the Comedy Channel and the ‘Logies’, along with guest roles on several other TV shows. Her critically acclaimed one-woman comedy ‘The Debutante Diaries’ toured nationally in 2009 and won the awards for Best Comedy and […]
Two of Melbourne’s favourite comic actresses Fiona Harris (Skithouse, The Librarians & Comedy Inc) and Kate McLennan (The Mansion & Debutante Diaries) take a very funny and inspiring look at their dreams, and explore the notion of what it means to have dreams and aspirations in life. Through stand-up, story-telling and multimedia this award-winning pair […]